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Is screen time bad for kids’ eyes?
A lot of patients ask that question and I think that there’s not really a whole lot of firm medical evidence that screen time causes nearsightedness or eye problems. But on the other hand there is some speculative evidence that the more time you spend reading up close and the less time you spend outside, the more kids’ eyes tend to become nearsighted. So, possibly. But the bottom line for me is that — what I tell my own kids — is that we want them to be interacting with people and playing outside rather than playing on their iPads and cell phones.
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